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Episcopal congregation creates film team, shares story of cancer and…

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Episcopal News Service] It may be coming soon to a theater or church near you. “This Day Forward,” which tells the story of an Iowa family’s struggles with cancer and faith, is the first feature-length movie produced by a filmmaking team formed by All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California.The movie was filmed in Waverly, Iowa, home of the real-life characters, Mike and Jen Jensen and their three daughters. Mike Jensen, a music professor at Wartburg College, began suffering from seizures in 2012, leading doctors to diagnose his brain cancer and sparking the family’s quest to find a successful treatment.“This Day Forward” was produced by a filmmaking crew from All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California.The filmmakers launched a two-month, cross-country tour of screenings on Sept. 15, starting in Waverly. “The response has been exactly what we prayed for when we made the film in the first place,” director Brian Ide said. During Q&A sessions after the screenings, with Jen Jensen participating, many audience members felt comfortable enough to share raw stories of their own fears and faith challenges.The project started about three years ago when parish leaders at All Saints’ were discussing what new ministries the congregation could take on based on the skill sets its parishioners had to offer. Several were involved in the film industry, including Ide, who serves on the vestry, so they formed a group to work on a faith-based short film. With that experience under the team’s belt, it turned its focus to a feature film.“We knew that we wanted it to be about faith journeys that were complicated and challenging,” Ide said, adding that those aren’t always the kinds of stories told in faith-based films.Ide had attended Wartburg College with the Jensens and was aware of Mike Jensen’s cancer struggles. After his diagnosis, Jensen continued to serve as a worship leader in the family’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, but his ability to work was severely curtailed after he suffered a stroke in 2016 related to his treatment.Mike Jensen, focus of “This Day Forward,” plays guitar and sings with backing by Randy Coleman, the actor who plays him in the movie. Photo courtesy of Brian IdeJensen now needs 24-hour care but remains in good spirits, his wife said. The family embraced the chance to tell his story with the help of Ide’s team.“He’s still so powerful with his worship and everything about him,” Jen Jensen said. “He has trouble talking. He hates that he’s not on tour with us.”She and Ide were in Columbus, Nebraska, on Oct. 1 for the latest in the series of screenings of “This Day Forward.” Next stops include theaters and churches in Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Wisconsin over the next two weeks. The schedule also includes screenings on Oct. 24 at St. James Episcopal Church in New York and Oct. 26 at Virginia Theological Seminary in suburban Washington, D.C.Despite the project’s roots in an Episcopal congregation’s ministry, its growth has been marked by its ecumenical approach, from the variety of churches hosting screenings to the film’s depiction of faith in a way that transcends an Episcopal or even a Christian perspective.“This Day Forward” is not about idealized faith, Los Angeles Bishop John Taylor said in an online video expressing his support for the movie. “This film expresses a solid mature faith that people can use as they seek to understand and grapple with suffering.”Cast members pose for a photo at a screening of “This Day Forward.” Photo courtesy of Brian IdeThe movie was backed financially by donations, which means Ide and his team do not need to repay investors and can use all proceeds to support the project’s charitable goals. One of those goals is to enable All Saints’ to develop and promote more movies like “This Day Forward,” and a portion of proceeds will help the Jensens cover the cost of Mike’s treatment.“Mike’s mission in ministry is far from being done,” Jen Jensen said. “His body has seriously failed him, but he’s still doing God’s work.”The film’s screening tour aims to hit 60 cities in 60 days, and the filmmakers are still finalizing the schedule for the first two weeks of November in the South and West. To host a screening, either during the current tour or at a later date, click here.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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A South Korean journalist beaten up by Chinese policemen

first_imgNews RSF_en IndonesiaAsia – Pacific to go further On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Help by sharing this information June 14, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A South Korean journalist beaten up by Chinese policemen Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Follow the news on Indonesia Receive email alertscenter_img August 21, 2020 Find out more Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua “The Chinese government’s scandalous repression of North Korean refugees is now spreading to South Korean diplomats and journalists attempting to help them or break the silence”, said indignantly Robert Ménard, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières). “We demand an inquiry and sanctions against the policemen who struck the South Korean journalist Lee Sang-Min in front of that country’s consulate in Beijing”, wrote Robert Ménard in a letter sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tang Jiaxuan. “After Aids, Falungong, the workers strikes or the democratic dissidents, the Chinese government is choosing by force to prevent foreign journalists from informing the international public of the situation of the North Koreans who are desperately trying to flee the world’s worst dictatorship”, concluded Mr Ménard.                     According to information gathered by the organisation, Lee Sang-Min, the correspondent of the South Korean press agency Yonhap in Beijing, was beaten by Chinese policemen in front of the South Korean consulate in Beijing. The journalist was trying to cover the scuffle between the Chinese security forces and the consulate employees. The former, one of whom was drunk, had kidnapped a North Korean who, with his son, had just entered the diplomatic premises to seek asylum. Mr Won, a North Korean aged approximately fifty, had been pushed by force into a police sentry. The consulate employees tried to intervene but the policemen brutally attacked them. Three diplomats were injured. Lee Sang-Min who was filming the event was hit and injured on his right leg.Furthermore, Chinese Public Television, which owns the monopoly for the satellite transmission of images from China, prevented South Korean televisions, particularly Korean Broadcasting Service (KBS), from broadcasting by satellite in South Korea the images of these incidents. While they were beginning to send, on 13 June, their images to Seoul, the connection was suddenly interrupted. MBC television again asked the Chinese state television services CCTV to send the images, affirming that it was not a matter of the incident. But after fifteen seconds of transmission the connection was again interrupted.Following the incident in front of the consulate, South Korea summoned the Chinese ambassador in Seoul to protest against this violation of a diplomatic building and against the violence of the Chinese policemen. Organisation November 19, 2020 Find out more News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific News August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Are you a student ?

first_imgANY OTHER IDEAS ? Help by sharing this information November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Are you a student ? Getting involved with Reporters Without Borders on the Press Freedom campaign will ask you to get in touch with one of our contacts in the United States. You can find them here.Here are a some ideas – Create a RWB club in your Universities to gather lost of RWB fans. The challenge ? Create a videoclip on press freedom. Have you seen this one ? Organisation center_img Begin by passing it on. Then, make your own, send it to [email protected] until March 15th and the winning University will host a press conference on World Press Freedom day with RWB’ well known speakers and reporters.- Create a special column on press freedom in your newspapers. You can ask for these inserts to be displayed but also talk about specific issues and write articles about jailed reporters or cyberdissidents.- Ask your dean to host a forum on that issue with some journalists of your local newspapers. You will be surprised to know that some of them might already be in trouble for they wanted to publish a news for you to read it. Actually, in the United States, 19 journalists have been sued since 2001. News RSF_en last_img read more

Limerick spud bus delivers a gigantic act of kindness

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Sinead Carey of Novas InitiativesTHERE’S no doubt that art can yield food for the soul.However, City of Culture has also proved that it can provide sustenance for those who need it most too.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ahead of the giant granny’s visit to Limerick earlier this month, onlookers were left perplexed to witness the very peculiar sight of a bus full of spuds driving around the city.As it turns out, this unusual vision was not some bizarre vegetable hijacking but an avant-garde statement of art.The four tonne busload of potatoes were all part of the Royal De Luxe “Grandmother’s Journey’ pageant. And now that the mischievous pensioner has departed after a weekend of flatulence and public-urination, Limerick’s largest homeless provider have been gifted with the makings of enough chips, mash and roasties to feed a small army.Thanks to granny’s generosity, Novas Initiatives were fortunate to receive an amount of potatoes to distribute to its three residential facilities in the city at Dial House, McGarry House and Brother Stephen Russell House and to support the families engaged in its Intensive Family Support Service.Volunteer co-ordinator of Novas’ Street Outreach Programme, Sinead Carey was thrilled with the donation. She commented, “After such a marvellous weekend in Limerick it is great to see the goodwill of the giant granny living on.”“Any donation we receive allows us to support more people, so we’re obviously delighted with the gift. It was a lovely ending to a wonderful weekend of celebrations in Limerick,” said Sinead.Granny may be gone but with tonnes of root vegetable now being put to good use at Novas Initiatives’ centres in the city, she will be remembered at meal times in Limerick for a time to come.Bon Appétit! WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email TAGSgiant grannylimerickNovas Initiativesroyal de luxe WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsLimerick spud bus delivers a gigantic act of kindnessBy Alan Jacques – September 18, 2014 926 Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Facebook Twitter Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleDock Road poison alert for dog walkersNext articleMurder suspect is admitted to Central Mental Hospital Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Shaun Kelly pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing deaths of eight people

first_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articlePearse Doherty upping pressure on Fine Gael over Hogan EU nominationNext articleActing Commissioner tells MacGill Summer School garda cuts are “challenging” News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Inishowen man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in Inishowen in 2010 has pleaded guilty.25 year old Shaun Kelly, of Hill Head, Buncrana, initially pleaded not guilty this morning but then changed his plea, as his trial was about to start.Mr Kelly has been released on his bail until December 9th.The Donegal Daily’s Stephen Maguire was in court: News WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – July 22, 2014 Shaun Kelly pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing deaths of eight peoplelast_img read more

Bhima Koregaon- Father Stan Swamy Moves Bombay High Court For Bail

first_imgNews UpdatesBhima Koregaon- Father Stan Swamy Moves Bombay High Court For Bail Sharmeen Hakim27 April 2021 9:16 AMShare This – xFather Stan Swamy, tribal rights activist and an accused in the Elgaar Parishad – Bhima Koregaon Case has approached the Bombay High Court challenging rejection of his bail pleas by the Special Court under the National Investigating Agency Act. The 84-year-old Jesuit priest has filed an appeal against two orders of the NIA court, the first rejecting his emergency bail application on health grounds in October, last year, and the second order from March 21, 2021, rejecting his bail plea on merits. In the appeals filed through advocate Mihir Joshi, Father Stand has cited his advanced age and acute Parkinsons for relief, apart from contending that no case was made out against him. Father Stan was arrested on October 8, 2020, and charged under various sections of the IPC and offenses under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly furthering the cause of banned CPI (Maoist) through various civil rights organizations he is a part of. Father Stan is the conveyor of the Persecuted Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPPSC), one of the most prominent human rights organizations providing legal aid in Jharkhand. He is also the founder of Bagaicha, an organization dedicated to empowering Adivasis, including fighting against illegal detention of minors charged with being Maoists. The NIA claimed that Bagaicha is connected with Vistapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA) and the latter is also a frontal organization of the CPI (Maoist). While rejecting his bail application on March 21, special judge DE Kothlikar said, “The material placed on record thus prima facie denotes that the applicant [Fr. Swamy] was not only a member of the banned organization, Communist Party of India (Maoist), but was also carrying out activities with the objective of the organization, which is nothing but to overthrow the democracy of the nation.” The Court cited several other grounds for rejecting his bail application, accepting the electronic evidence despite serious questions about their authenticity, and accepting the statements of witnesses who didn’t understand the language, among others. In an earlier application, Father Stan said he suffers from hearing loss in both ears, has undergone two hernia operations. He suffers intense pain due to lumbar spondylosis i.e. the wear and tear of the lumbar disc, and tremors in both hands due to Parkinson’s. Father Stan is facing terror charges along with 15 other human rights activists. The prosecution is primarily based on letters retrieved from co-accused Rona Wilson and accused advocate Surendra Gadling’s computer, to claim a conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister and overthrow the government. Wilson has approached High Court in a separate petition to inquire into the planting of fabricated documents on his computer over around 22 months. His claims are by a report of Arsenal Consulting, a digital forensics consulting company in the USA, which has concluded that Wilson’s computer was infected with malware, called NetWire (available for $10 online), which was planted through an email on June 13, 2016, two years before his arrest on Jun 6, 2018.TagsBombay High Court National Investigating Agency Act Elgaar Parishad – Bhima Koregaon Case Stan Swamy Next Storylast_img read more

Police responding to dispute fatally shoot man who lunges at them with samurai sword

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Police officers responding to a disturbance at a home on Long Island, New York, fatally shot a man who lunged at them with a samurai sword, according to authorities. Officers arriving Friday night at the home in Oceanside found a 36-year-old man in an altercation with his father, reported ABC station WABC-TV. Police said the father was forced to called 911 after the son threatened the family.“Two of our police officers arrived here, responded inside the residence,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told WABC. “The son was very distraught. He had knives in his hand, he then dropped those knives and picked up a samurai sword.”“The officers instructed him to drop it, they said it several times,” Ryder said. “He then lunged at the officers and the officers fired shots.”A neighbor told WABC that the family had tried for years to help the son’s emotional issues.“The father is just decimated. It’s terrible,” neighbor Brian McShane told WABC. “Tragedy all around, really, for the family. Good people. And really just a disturbed boy.”McShane said the son had been “acting erratic the past couple of days. He went to attack his sister and then everything went to hell.”Ryder said that after the shooting, the officers performed CPR on the son and rushed him to the hospital, but they couldn’t save his life.“The dad was very supportive, understood and actually said the officers did everything they could,” Ryder said.The two responding officers were hospitalized for trauma, WABC reported. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ruling could see end to career breaks

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Ruling could see end to career breaksOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Employers could be discouraged from giving their employees career breaksafter an employment appeal tribunal ruled such breaks do not interruptcontinuity of service. The tribunal ruled that a Marks & Spencer employee made redundant in 1999should have her redundancy payment based on when she started her service withthe firm in 1973, rather than on when she returned to work in 1994 followingher career break. The decision means staff being made redundant should receive rights andbenefits based on their whole length of service – not just the time after acareer break. Jonathan Chamberlain, of law firm Wragge & Co, believes the ruling coulddiscourage some employers from including career breaks as part of theirfamily-friendly working polices. “It is a setback to promoting flexible and family-friendly policiesjust at a time when the Government is encouraging it. Companies are going to beexpected to take an employee back after a break of several years, but if thingsdon’t work out, staff will have the statutory rights based on the total time ofservice,” he said. Chamberlain advised companies to review polices carefully if they want toensure there is a total interruption in their employment relationship withstaff during career breaks. “This will require very careful drafting and even then it may not bepossible,” he added. last_img read more

Steve Wynn rolls dice with $110M mansion listing

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Steve Wynn and 1210 Benedict Canyon Drive (Getty, Compass)Disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn is looking for a big payday in Beverly Hills.The billionaire is asking $110 million for his expansive mansion on Benedict Canyon Drive, according to the Los Angeles Times. Last March, Wynn was offering the 27,000-square-foot estate for $135 million in an off-market listing.In early 2018, Wynn was pushed out as CEO of Wynn Resorts following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him by employees over the years.The Beverly Hills home, which has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and six half bathrooms, is now being listed widely online. Wynn bought the property at 1210 Benedict Canyon Drive for $47.9 million in 2015, and added 8,000 square feet to the home. That made it his largest known home in terms of square footage. The property totals 2.7 acres and includes a guest house, swimming pool, and a tennis court. One side of the home opens to a large landscaped lawn. Hedges line the drive and many of the yard areas. Some of the many amenities include a reception area and barroom, a movie screening room, spa suite, wine room, a tennis court with air-conditioned seating house, and an air-conditioned pool lanai house.The nine-figure ask makes it the fourth-most expensive public listing in L.A. County. It’s the same asking price as the so-called Enchanted Hill, a 120-acre semi-developed parcel about a mile-and-a-half away in Beverly Hills. Last week, Sylvester Stallone listed his 21,000-square-foot Beverly Park estate for $130 million.Wynn owns properties around the country, including a 24,600-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. He listed a mansion in Las Vegas last summer. [LAT] — Dennis Lynchcenter_img TagsBeverly HillsLA luxury listingslast_img read more

Dwarf brooder versus giant broadcaster: combining genetic and reproductive data to unravel cryptic diversity in an Antarctic brittle star

first_imgPoecilogony, or multiple developmental modes in a single species, is exceedingly rare. Several species described as poecilogenous were later demonstrated to be multiple (cryptic) species with a different developmental mode. The Southern Ocean is known to harbor a high proportion of brooders (Thorson’s Rule) but with an increasing number of counter examples over recent years. Here we evaluated poecilogony vs. crypticism in the brittle star Astrotoma agassizii across the Southern Ocean. This species was initially described from South America as a brooder before some pelagic stages were identified in Antarctica. Reproductive and mitochondrial data were combined to unravel geographic and genetic variation of developmental modes. Our results indicate that A. agassizii is composed of seven well-supported and deeply divergent clades (I: Antarctica and South Georgia; II: South Georgia and Sub-Antarctic locations including Kerguelen, Patagonian shelf, and New Zealand; III-VI-VII: Patagonian shelf, IV-V: South Georgia). Two of these clades demonstrated strong size dimorphism when in sympatry and can be linked to differing developmental modes (Clade V: dwarf brooder vs. Clade I: giant broadcaster). Based on their restricted geographic distributions and on previous studies, it is likely that Clades III-VI-VII are brooders. Clade II is composed of different morphological species, A. agassizii and A. drachi, the latter originally used as the outgroup. By integrating morphology, reproductive, and molecular data we conclude that the variation identified in A. agassizii is best described as crypticism rather than poecilogony.last_img read more